This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
NASCAR takes a break from the regular season schedule this Sunday night to hold its annual All-Star Race festivities. Most fantasy racing leagues don't recognize this event in the fantasy racing season, but some do along with daily fantasy racing and many racing pools that form specifically for this event and its unique format. Up until last season, NASCAR has held their annual All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The intermediate oval in North Carolina has become synonymous with this celebration of the sport's best drivers. However, the sanctioning body moved last season's All-Star Race to Bristol Motor Speedway. For the first time ever, NASCAR held this high profile exhibition on a NASCAR short track, under the lights. This season, they've decided to stick with the new venue theme. The 2021 installment of this exhibition event will be held at Texas Motor Speedway. The intermediate oval in Fort Worth will host this event for the first time ever this weekend.
This exhibition race is divided into several racing segments which ultimately culminate in the final segment in which a winner is crowned. The racing begins Sunday evening with the All-Star Open, a 50-lap sprint race divided into three segments (20/20/10 laps) with the final 10-lap heat being the final dash to the finish. As many as four Open drivers can transfer into the All-Star Race, three by winning each segment of the Open, and the potential fourth by winning an internet fan vote. To qualify for the Open, a driver must